The very first residents of Daniel Island were part of a Native American tribe known as the Etiwan. Eventually the land was divided into plantations and used for farming. In 1947 the Guggenheim family from New York purchased the island for cattle ranching and as a hunting retreat.
In 1997, the Daniel Island Company purchased the land and created the master-planned community we now know as Daniel Island. Over the last 20 years, the island has blossomed into a thriving community of homes, businesses, parks and amenities. It attracts residents from all over who are eager to live in the Charleston area while enjoying a tightknit community.
The island’s natural beauty make it appealing to people who enjoy spending time outdoors and on the water. Others are attracted to the feeling of community and the island’s amenities. Daniel Island has much to offer, but here are four things that you’ll love about living there.
1. Outdoor opportunities: With 23 miles of rivers and creeks, Daniel Island is perfect for people who love spending time on the water whether boating, fishing or kayaking. Residents also have access to two community boat landings as well as to the Daniel Island Marina and Boat Club near Clouter Creek, which offers boat storage, a ship store and members lounge.
The island also has more than 25 miles of trails for walking, biking or running plus acres of parks and green space for family activities. A brand new mobile app, DITRAILS, helps residents access Daniel Island’s trail system with easy navigation, social sharing options and Spotify playlists.
2. Close community: Living on Daniel Island is a bit like stepping back in time to an era where neighbors gathered on front porches or met in the park to picnic and play. Residents can join in several social groups, neighborhood associations and clubs ranging from running to gardening. The island also hosts special events and concerts in local parks, a seasonal farmer’s market and more. Plus, the Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island has a full lineup of concerts throughout the year.
3. The island has it all: Not only is Daniel Island a beautiful place to live, but it also has numerous businesses and amenities so residents have easy access to everything they need. Danial Island has a grocery store, gas station, restaurants, public and private schools, a library and several professional services from financial planning to insurance. Plus, residents can access swimming pools, tennis courts and world-class golf resorts via the Daniel Island Club.
4. Charleston is a neighbor: Within minutes, Daniel Island residents can be in the heart of downtown Charleston enjoying the incredible restaurants, festivals, shopping and amazing scenery. Living near the No. 1 city in the world, as designated by the readers of Traveler + Leisure, is certainly a plus. And, hitting the beach on the weekend is no problem with Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island just a short drive from home.
With all these unique and special qualities, it’s no wonder so many people are choosing Daniel Island for their next home.